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Second Pedestrian Struck by Car

14-year-old girl run over by car; sustains minor injuries

In the course of one week, two children were struck by cars in Millburn.

A 14-year-old girl was struck by a car driven by an 81-year-old driver in downtown on Thursday, May 12. The girl, who was walking her bike at the intersection at 10:36 a.m., fell in the intersection and was then hit by the car, which  ran over her legs, according to Millburn Police Public Information Officer Capt. Jim Miller.

The girl was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center by the Millburn-Short Hill Volunteer First Aid Squad, but did not sustain serious injuries, officers said. No summonses were issued, according to Miller.

A week earlier, at the same time of morning on May 5, because of changed up schedules to accommodate NJASK testing, a 12-year-old girl was hit by a car while crossing Main Street closer to the middle school. She was also not seriously injured but taken to St. Barnabas to check out some pain.
She had been walking toward school on Main Street north of Essex Street with two friends at the time of the accident.

According to Lt. Peter Eakley, the friends crossed the street, mid-block, when there was no traffic and made it safely to the other side but the 12-year-old darted into the street from between two parked vehicles, was struck and thrown about three feet.

The May 5 accident occurred at 10:28 a.m., when 6th graders were coming to school late because of state testing of seventh and eighth graders, said district spokesman Nancy Dries.  At any time of day, students are encouraged to use the bridge to avoid traffic.

After being struck, Eakley said, the girl in the May 5 incident made her way back to the sidewalk and was treated at the scene. MMS staff took the girl to the hospital when she complained of pain, police said.

The accidents, especially in light of the new that begins in the fall. Some parents have said it is unfair to take away courtesy busing only to make families choose between sending their children walking to school on hazardous roads or paying for busing.

Susan1 May 17, 2011 at 10:11 PM
I appreciate your response to my complaint. I am very frustrated by the lack of timely coverage and I put the blame on a variety of factors, one of which is AOL's attempt to cut expenses by consolidating news stories. I preferred Patch as a hyper local news source and not as a county news source. You are not solely responsible for all of this but I do think that Jen did a phenomenal job of reporting Millburn news in a timely way. For example, she would attend town council and BOE meetings when something major was going on and tweeted the highlights as the meeting was happening. I do read Patch regularly and I appreciate your hard work. 
ED May 17, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Was the light red and the pedestrian crossing anyway or was the car making a turn?
Damian May 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM
jsbeckerman, a parking garage will increase the number of parking spots, no? So how will it result in less traffic??
eh270 May 18, 2011 at 09:12 PM
I believe that the two red-brick-paved "pedestrian crossways" make crossing *more* dangerous because there are no signs, other than the white painted one on the road itself, to let drivers know that it's a crossing -- so pedestrians are given a false sense of security when they are used. We need either flashing signs or more traffic lights on Essex St and Millburn Ave. Huge numbers of commuters jaywalk across both these streets when going to/from the train station every day, it's really only a matter of time before someone else gets seriously hurt.
Jude Huang May 19, 2011 at 01:20 PM
As a commuter I walk cross Millburn Avenue everyday. Every time I feel I risk my life. The crosswalk near Annie Sez is a simply a death trap. The issue has not been addressed at all even many people pointed out on numerous occasions.

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